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12 Useful Tricks To Get The Most Out Of iOS 8

12 Useful Tricks To Get The Most Out Of iOS 8

The Apple mobile operating system is consistently changing and growing to better meet the needs of users. With the newest update, iOS 8, small and large changes come to many of our favorite apps. In particular, changes to the messaging and camera app connect users with impressive, forward thinking features. Not only that, the new iOS 8 includes impressive new ways to seamlessly switch between your mobile device and desktop. The following 12 tricks are indispensable if you want to make the most of this stunning new update.

1. Get Messaging Details

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    One of the bigger changes in iOS 8 comes to your Messaging app. With this update, it’s now more straightforward than ever to access media you’ve sent someone or contact details. At the top of any messaging conversation you can now tap “Details” to bring up the contact details for the person you’re texting. Not only that, this feature allows you to access photos or videos you’ve sent or received with this person. A new feature also allows you to mute any messaging conversation, as well as leave group texts. This is particularly helpful in group texts where a friend is a little too eager or talkative. To do either, simply tap “Details” then hit “Mute” or “Leave This Conversation”.

    2. Shoot Time-Lapse And Slow Motion

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      Another app to get some major updates is the default Apple Camera app. The first fresh addition is the ability to take time-lapse video. Simply access the Camera app, then swipe to the right anywhere on the screen. The horizontal slider at the bottom now includes a “Time-Lapse” option in addition to previous panoramic and square photo modes. On top of all this, you’ll also see a new “Slow Motion” option on this slider, which shoots video at a higher frame rate for flawless slow motion. 

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      3. Finally! You Can Manage Exposure Before You Shoot A Photo

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        In photo mode, the Camera also includes a new way to manually adjust exposure. An excellent addition for those looking for greater control over the quality of photos, simply point the camera where you’d like to take a photo then tap the focus box. Slide your finger up and down the exposure bar where the yellow sun is sitting. Unfortunately, the camera is still automatic for focus and exposure, but at least you can now tweak exposure right before you hit the shutter.

        4. Safari Quick Search

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          iOS eight also bring some helpful updates to Apple’s web browser, Safari. One such addition makes it effortless to search websites you browse often. In previous editions of Safari, typing a term into the URL bar prompted a Google search for those words. Now, users can easily search a specific website by typing the name of the website then the search term they are looking for. For example, typing “eBay bracelet” will bring up a window asking if you’d like to search eBay.com for the term bracelet. This feature will only work on websites you have visited before, as Safari doesn’t want to offer you searches on websites you are not interested in. To enable this feature visit Settings>Safari, then enable “Quick Website Search”.

          5. Both Mobile And Desktop Sites At Your Fingertips

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            Safari also finally includes a painless way to access the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version. To browse the desktop version, simply tap on the address bar while on any website to bring up your bookmarked sites. Pull down on the page to reveal new buttons waiting for you: a quick bookmark button (“Add to Favorites”) and “Request Desktop Site”.

            6. Easily Manage Your Mail

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              iOS 8 also makes some minor changes to Apple’s Mail client. In previous editions, swiping a message to the left gave you 2 to 3 options including “Archive/Delete” and “Reply”. In iOS 8 however, you can now swipe a message left to easily access “Flag” and “Trash” options as well. Not only that however, swiping a message to the right now allows you to mark the message as unread. Perhaps most usefully, you can also ask Mail to notify you when the party you’re waiting on replies, so you don’t need to be glued to your inbox. Simply tap the flag icon on the bottom of the message and tap “Notify Me…”.

              7. “Hey Siri!”

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                iOS 8 also includes a handy creative way to access Siri. Simply say “Hey Siri” and the digital assistant immediately turns on. This feature is only available when your device is charging however, as constantly listening for keywords would be a big drain on the battery life. However, keeping a mobile charger in your car is a perfect way to take advantage of this feature, since you can now bring up directions, messages, or even email people without needing to touch the home button on your device.

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                8. More Search Options

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                  One update that comes with iOS 8 is an additional option for your default search engine. Amid concerns over online privacy, Apple now allows you to choose DuckDuckGo as your default search engine when using the Safari browser. Unlike Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, DuckDuckGo does not store search information and promises not to sell your data. A truly useful feature for mobile users concerned with what information they leave online. Simply navigate to Settings>Safari>Search Engine to choose switch your search client.

                  9. Make Your Battery Last

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                    Another helpful feature in iOS 8 is a new way to smoothly find out which of your apps drain your battery fastest. This is a feature long included in Android devices, and just makes sense for efficiently managing your mobile device. Simply go to Settings>General>Usage and you’ll see a list of your apps with the worst battery offenders at the top. You can view your most power-hungry apps by the last 24 hours or the last week.

                    10. Find Your Friends Fast

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                      Further, another forward thinking feature added to iOS 8 is an easier way to get in contact with friends you converse with most. To do this, simply access the “App Tray” screen (where you can hop between apps) by pressing the menu button twice. This will bring up the familiar sight of your currently open apps, but there is now a scrolling list on top of your apps with your most used contacts. This shortcut is helpful to get around using Address Book or the Phone app, and is a more direct way to initiate a message or call. Friends in this sidebar include contacts in your phone’s Favorite list. To quickly start a call or message using this feature, simply tap the menu button twice then select the contact you’d like to talk to.

                      11. Auto Correct’s Older, Wiser Brother: QuickType

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                        Another worthwhile modern feature in iOS 8 is a new “QuickType” bar on top of the keyboard. Regardless of which app you are typing in, iOS 8 will now suggest words from the first few letters. This allows you to tap the correct word when you were only a few letters in, and may help speed up your typing. Impressively, iOS 8 uses information from the app you are in, or the contact you are speaking with to suggest the most useful language. This allows you to be more informal with your personal contacts (and prevents AutoCorrect from rewriting text abbreviations like LOL), without sacrificing formality in emails to business contacts.

                        12. Device To Device Continuity

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                          Perhaps the most highly anticipated feature of iOS 8 is a new a new way to easily switch between your desktop and your mobile device. Incoming calls, conversations, browser sessions, and even documents can now be attended to on your desktop or your mobile device with little effort. You will need to update your desktop Mac to the new OS 10 Yosemite to take advantage of these features. Yosemite is a free update, but you must at least be running OS X Snow Leopard (OS 10.6.8) or newer. Check this page on Apple’s website if you need more information on computer requirements or how to upgrade. Once updated, Yosemite pairs with your device, allowing you to answer calls, messages, or open projects on either your desktop or your mobile device.

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                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                          Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                          Many people look up to master typists and wish that they could handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                          How can you learn how to type faster?

                          In this article, you’ll learn 12 useful fasting typing tips and techniques.

                          1. Improve Your Workspace

                          Many people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. However, the truth is that you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not work with your laptop or computer on your lap.

                          If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

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                          2. Fix Your Posture

                          If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                          Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture[1].

                          Learn how to type faster with correct posture.

                            3. Hold Your Posture

                            It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                            Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

                            4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                            The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several things.

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                            Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                            Work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                            5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                            Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you learn how to type faster.

                            6. Start Slowly With Touch-Typing

                            Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your muscle memory over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be learning touch typing[2]. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type key combinations without looking at the keyboard layout, your speed will increase.

                            7. Don’t Look at Your Hands

                            The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                            Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

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                            8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                            Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                            Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

                            9. Check out Some Online Typing Games

                            There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here are some of the best sites:

                            10. Dictation Practice

                            If you don’t know what you can write, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can write, and you can even make the practice process more fun.

                            Get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a TV show or talk show.

                            11. Monitor Your Progress

                            Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. However, it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you’re practicing. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

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                            12. Get Some Formal Training

                            There are many specially designed courses and typing lessons that will boost your abilities. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                            The Bottom Line

                            Typing is a skill that takes time to develop, but with practice and dedication, you can learn how to get faster at typing and improve your productivity on a day-to-day basis.

                            One day, you may even improve your typing so much that you reach 40 wpm!

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                            Reference

                            [1] Well: Working WELL anywhere
                            [2] Techopedia: Touch Typing

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